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Frisky Q&A: Janet Mock, Author Of Redefining Realness

Frisky Q&A: Janet Mock, Author Of Redefining Realness

After being the subject of a 2011 Marie Claire profile, writer and activist Janet Mock decided to tell her story in her own words. And what a story it is. Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More, is out this week. It’s a brave, honest and gripping memoir detailing Mock’s turbulent childhood and experiences as a young trans woman finding herself.

Despite digging deep and sharing intimate details of her past, Mock still manages to pepper her book with vital LGBT statistics and snippets of important history regarding trans women. While her debut book is most certainly a memoir, it also provides a carefully crafted way to begin discussing the very real issues and challenges many trans women and men face on a daily basis. After quickly devouring the book, I had the pleasure of speaking with the author herself. Keep reading »

Gabourey Sidibe Under Fire For Using The Word “Tranny”

Olivia's "Tranny" Comment
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Olivia Wilde said dark lipstick makes her look like "a tranny." Read More »
Blake's "Trannies" Comment
Blake Lively said she hopes her sons are "trannies." Read More »
Chloe's "Tranny" Remark
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Chloe Sevigny calls it "ridiculous" that she can't say "tranny." Read More »
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“American Horror Story: Coven” star Gabourey Sidibe is the latest celebrity to use a verboten transphobic slur — although in Gabby’s case, she used it while speaking out about police profiling and harassment against transgender folks. Keep reading »

Watch This: Trans Woman Quotes The Bible, Dares Christian Politician To Stone Her To Death

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"I Brought The First Stone, Mr. Webb."

Last month, the city council of Shreveport, Louisiana passed a law to end discrimination based on sexual preference or gender identity. The Fairness Ordinance passed with a 6-1 vote. The only dissenter was a bible-thumping councilman named Ron Webb, who promptly introduced his own ordinance to overturn the new law. While the council considered Webb’s “Unfairness Ordinance,” a trans woman named Pamela Raintree stepped up to the microphone to share her story. She ended her remarks by quoting Leviticus 20:13, which states “If a man lie also with mankind as he lieth with a woman, they shall surely put him to death.” Then Raintree picked up a large rock and offered it to the unamused politician. “I brought the first stone, Mr. Webb,” she said, “in case your bible talk isn’t just a smokescreen for personal prejudices.” BOOM. Webb declined to take Raintree up on her generous offer, but he did withdraw his proposal. Shreveport’s Fairness Ordinance is here to stay. [KMSS]

“Orange Is The New Black” Actress Laverne Cox Teaches Katie Couric About Doing Interviews With Trans Women

Q&A: Laverne Cox
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Meet Laverne Cox, the trans actress from "Orange Is The New Black." Read More »
Trans Kids & Identity
Some transgender kids have it more figured out than the rest of us. Read More »
My Transition Story
What it's like to transition from female to male. Read More »
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  • Transgender actress Laverne Cox, who plays Sophia, the trans woman on “Orange Is The New Black,” and model Carmen Carrera appeared yesterday on “Katie” and Katie Couric kept pushing the issue of their genitalia. Fast foward to 2 minutes and 45 seconds into this video where Laverne explains to Katie what focusing on transitions — the surgeries, the hormones — takes the attention away from the real issues that face trans folks every day: discrimination, violence, lack of legal protections. “By focusing on bodies, we don’t focus on the lived realities of that oppression and that discrimination,” she says. Well put. [Salon Keep reading »

Transgender Woman Cece McDonald To Be Released From Men’s Prison

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  • CeCe McDonald, a transgender Black woman who was sentenced to 41 months in a men’s prison, will be released. CeCe was attacked in Minneapolis by a group of people yelling racist and bigoted slurs, one of whom also threw a drink at her. CeCe stabbed and killed one of the men and claimed self-defense. She eventually plead guilty to second-degree manslaughter. Her arrest has drawn international attention because not only because she was defending herself against an attack, but because she was sentenced to a prison full of men. [MSNBC]
  • The Supreme Court has halted same-sex marriage in Utah, where it was legalized on December 20 and quickly appealed by the state. Around 900 gay and lesbian couples have married in UT since the emergency order was handed down today. [TIME]
  • Ma’lik Richmond, the high school student convicted in the sexual assault of a female classmate in Steubenville, Ohio, has been released from a federal detention facility. [Reuters] Keep reading »

Atlanta Restaurant Refuses To Admit Transgender Woman

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  • A bouncer at Atlanta restaurant Don Pollo Bar & Grill refused to allow Alissah Brooks, a drag performer, inside last week. Brooks presents as a woman but carries an ID card which lists her gender as “male,” which was a point of contention for the bouncer. [Queerty]
  • Private schools in Pakistan have banned Malala Yousafzai’s book. [NPR]
  • Ariel Levy penned an article for The New Yorker about her miscarriage. [The New Yorker]
  • Here’s one Orthodox Jewish woman’s three-year fight to get a divorce from her husband. [New York Post] Keep reading »
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